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Hurricane Sandy Victims Abandoned by Congress

Updated on November 10, 2013

Written as an open letter to Speaker John Boehner and members of the 112th United States Congress.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner, Ohio
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner, Ohio | Source

I watched in horror as the 112th Congress turned its back on the victims of Hurricane Sandy on January 1, 2013. With Senate approval for $60 billion in relief funds, all that was needed to get that money to those who need it the most was a vote. Speaker Boehner had promised a vote on the bill that would give badly needed federal aid to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to help with the recovery. And then, he vanished without putting the motion to the floor. As several representatives begged for a vote on the issue, the acting speaker rapidly and quite rudely ignored the majority voice and closed the session for the night.

Speaker Boehner, as a member of the House of Representatives, you were elected to serve the people. How did you become capable of such callous disregard for human suffering? The action last night sure felt like and appeared to be a partisan insult. Tell me this isn’t about a Republican Governor shaking hands with a Democratic President out of gratitude for his support when disaster struck his district. Please tell me that you did not abandon those that are cold and hungry or still living in cars or shelters for the sake of making a political point. Really? Have you forgotten that you are paid an average annual salary of $223,000 and that “we the people” pay your salary? You should be ashamed of yourself and we should fire you.

political parties of the 112th US Congress
political parties of the 112th US Congress | Source

Mr. Speaker, did you sleep good in your warm bed last night? Did you enjoy a bottle or two of the bubbly with friends last night? Did you charge a nice big breakfast to the taxpayers this morning too? Doesn’t it bother you at all, that you didn’t honor your word? And to the rest of Congress who supported the shenanigans of this last session of the year, do you think you will be elected again? My God I hope Americans are smarter than that.

Mr. Speaker, you and your cohorts have embarrassed yourselves. You are not worthy of calling yourself a public servant and you certainly are not worthy of the generous salary you are receiving. Whatever respect you think you have earned in the past was nullified by your action in this session of the Congress. Hide in the shadows if you will but your true colors have been flashed across every television screen in America. For those that did not watch the session on CSPAN, the media has provided the footage on every segment of today’s news. You screwed the pooch this time, I think.

The people are tired Mr. Speaker. We are fed up with this crap called politics. This country was founded on some basic principles; all of which you have arrogantly disregarded. God forbid you ever have a disaster of significant magnitude in your state sir because I doubt seriously if the average American will offer a hand up when you need it the most. Sadly, it will be the people again who suffer and not the arrogant liars we have elected. I hope you can live with

UPDATE: November 2013

Another election has come and gone. We've all watched in horror as our elected officials put pride ahead of what is best for our country. We've seen partisan politics shut down government agencies while millions of hard working citizens wondered how they would feed their families or pay the next month's mortgage payment. And we wonder out loud - will we ever learn?


While our elected officials go about their lives, eating in fine restaurants, traveling abroad, and preparing for the the winter holidays, thousands of people along the Jersey shore are still without shelter. The resources necessary to rebuild their lives from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy have not arrived. For those, there will be no feast of Thanksgiving and for many, no Hanukkah or Christmas celebration either. The families who fell victim to Hurricane Sandy remain the "forgotten ones" by our elected officials.

© 2013 Linda Crist

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Agreed and done. Thanks Linda.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Link away Mary. :-) There ae still so many people hurting because of this storm and the lack of concern by our government. They need to know they have not been forgotten by the rest of us who believe our leadership has failed them.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Hope you don't mind I just linked this hub to my new one about Sandy.

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    I hope that they are able to get some relief soon.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Faith Reaper, you are so precious. I have thought of you so often these last couple of weeks. I hope that you have had a little time to just relax and start the healing process that will come with time.

    I have been so angry over our legislators and their arrogance, obviously. lol I will never give up the fight my dear. Thank you for your love and encouragement.

    Hugs and love right back to you.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Amazing write Linda! Never expect anything less from you.

    When the hearts of men know nothing of love, then this is what happens. God help us all!!! I pray for the hearts of men to change. Those who are elected by the people should realize those people are who they serve!

    Thank you for being so amazing and writing such amazing pieces here.

    Please never stop fighting that good fight of faith!

    Voted up ++++ and sharing

    Hugs and love to you, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Reba, you have a fierce spirit to embrace and the world needs you. Thank you so much for another thoughtful and insightful comment. I agree that term limits are a necessity and I think we, as citizens of a democracy must make our voices heard and hold our "employees" accountable for their actions. Rant on my new friend. Rant on!

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    Dancing Water 4 years ago

    Thank you for this letter, Linda! I believe that I have been "stuck" spiritually and emotionally by the horrific inaction that our lawmakers have exemplified of late. I feel that the world that so many of us hold dear is vanishing in a mire of greed, narcissism, corruption. I need to follow your and Bill's examples by plunging in, getting righteous, and calling my warrior spirit to action. This is a "war" we must fight to save what precious little remains of democracy, freedom, and equality.

    An excellent letter!

    I know that I may be oversimplifying the issues, but I do believe that term limits for all public "servants" will cool their jets__and ideally, produce true statesmen and women. Further, they should earn middle class salaries and medical insurance__but only when they are in office__not for life! Why do we Americans allow this???

    Anyway, to stem a full-fledged rant on my part, I will shush and merely say once again, "Thank you so very much for expressing what so many Americans feel, Linda!"

    And, again, my gratitude to you for reawakening my inner warrior!

    Reba

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Linda for Congress!!!! Seriously, please run for office . . . we need people like you who really care about the people!!! If they are elected by the people, they are supposed to be for the people!!! I know I am late on this, but thank you and God bless you for writing this. I sure have missed reading your excellent writings. Linda, please never stop writing and never stop being you . . . with a voice for the people. THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!

    Voted up +++ and sharing everywhere of course

    Hugs and love to you, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello HLPhoenix. Thanks for the visit. I appreciate that you share my angst over our failing system of democracy. Thank you for the support too.

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    HLPhoenix 4 years ago

    "..The people are tired Mr. Speaker. We are fed up with this crap called politics. This country was founded on some basic principles; all of which you have arrogantly disregarded." My God girl... you are my soul mate. Fabulously written... enjoyed every word. voted up and sharing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello adjkp25! I appreciate your visit here and your insightful comment too. You are right. It happens in the Senate too. As you might have read in my comments, I wrote this hoping to fire people up. Until we, the average citizen start demanding a government that does it's job as intended, little will change.

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    David 4 years ago from Northern California

    It is disappointing that politics is keeping assistance from allowing the storm ravaged areas to begin rebuilding.

    It is also a shame that all bills have to have so many pieces of bacon in them. It's almost like each politician will only cast their support if they get a little piece of the pie, regardless of what the actual bill is supposed to be for.

    The decision to not vote by the Speaker isn't the first time he has done this. Many pieces of legislation have hit roadblocks in the House because a up/down vote wasn't allowed. Before people freak out I'm sure Reid has done it too in the Senate (and that shouldn't be allowed either) but the House has gotten really good at it under Boehner.

    As an average citizen here it is difficult to have faith in a system and the people that are there when they can't even motion for a vote on something. Come on boys and girls do your darn jobs that you are being paid to do.

    I did appreciate your open letter, voted up and awesome.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH, 910 radio asked a real good question. Why? You and I both know why and I appreciate you pointint that out.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Maria, I learned a long, long time ago to say I'm sorry I was wrong - when I was wrong, and to stand tall in your truth. Criticism only majes us re-examine our beliefs, it doesn't mean it's right, or wrong. Thank you sweet girl, for your support and compliment.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    It is 7:30 910 AM radio: topic - why can America bomb and repair other countries and not help its own people? (Sandy)

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh Linda, if I didn't love you already...

    Your strategy, approach and even your anger is beautiful. Your comment stream has to be the most respectfully managed I have ever seen on HubPages.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Louisa, I can appreciate your comment and opinion and you're right about my comment resulting in a defensive posture. Frankly, I didn't care. Boehner doesn't represent me and I don't want to be his friend. I actually made that remark about the bubbly after hearing a Congressman make the comment on the floor of the House that night that "all of us would probably rather be somewhere else celebrating with friends and a bottle of champaign". My thought at the time was that there are thousands of people in New York and New Jersey that would like to be somewhere else too - like in their own home.

    Yes, I was nasty in this letter and I rarely do that but honestly, if more people would watch CSPAN, I think I could start a club of people who are angry. :-)

    I don't expect a response but I hope that my anger will make others more interested in how their representatives are conducting the business of the people. If that happens, then I have done what I wanted to do.

    I do appreciate you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Beckie! Thanks for the comment. I caught just a few minutes of NPR this afternoon and you're right, they sound about as angry as I am. Although I am sickened that the people in the east were made to wait even longer for help, I am almost as angry over the childish behavior that I witnessed with my own eyes.

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    Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

    Linda, I agree with your point of view and I'm really glad you wrote him. In my experience, attacking someone personally with a statement like "did you enjoy a bottle of bubbly last night?" doesn't work. It gets the person defensive and pissed off, and then they stop listening. I think you can attack his lack of commitment without getting sarcastic. I know we differ on this. I've read some of the dialogue with other readers and I know it was your goal to show anger. Hope you get some kind of response.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Great job my friend as many of my friends were directly affected by this imbosiles actions.

    By the way - if you want to listen to people who are in 100% agreement of you, listen to National Public Radio. There is currently a strong movement on this particular situation.

    Great great great write!

    Beckie - From Upstate NY

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    See, we can agree to disagree. It' s not that hard and it isn't painful. Why can't Congress do it? lol

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    jayman6018 4 years ago from Los Angeles / Beijing

    I know you wrote it because you want people to get angry, and in at least some part you seem to have succeeded, thanks for your honesty, and congratulations !

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Pamela. I never doubted your heart. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jayman6018 - my hub was intended to be mean-spirited and emotional. I am livid that Boehner didn't have the guts to stay until the House closed the session and, I am livid that the acting Speaker over-ruled the majority and ended the session inspite of the Nay vote. It was bad behavior and unbecoming for people we are supposed to trust to make decisions for us. I stand by my mean-spirited hub. People are hurting (emotion) while Congress is playing games. Yes, it was biased; biased on the side of suffering people (emotion) who should not have to keep waiting for help to be warm, fed, and safe again. Emotional? Yes, I am when it comes to human suffering. Intolerant and biased? Yes, I am, when people we elect to conduct our business shirk their responsibility.

    Yes, it is a tangled web and if we don't start standing up for ourselves, it will only get worse. I wrote this because I want people to get angry. Thanks for explaining that your comment wasn't intended to insult. I am way beyond being silenced by a differing opinion. I respect your right to have one that is different from mine.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Linda, I agree with you fully and failed to say that in my original comment as I am mad too. I hate the thought of these people with no homes and nothing is being done! I am glad you wrote this hub.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pamela, I agree with you. I am mad because while this is all sorted out, people are hurting.

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    jayman6018 4 years ago from Los Angeles / Beijing

    lrc7815 I have to assume one of two things when I read an article that is so biased, lacking facts, and emotional. You either are lacking information, or you are deliberately being mean spirited and pumping out propaganda. I gave you the benefit of the doubt, that you were simply lacking information my intent was not to insult.

    The bill will probably be voted on in two parts, because of the pork added. Republicans who have constituencies who are demanding less govt spending, balanced budgets, and getting control of our $16 trillion debt problem that is eating away at our future, cannot be seen as voting for this bill as is, but also as is obvious from this article and some comments, they cannot vote against a "Sandy " bill.

    So I suspect they will put most Sandy aid in the first part and vote for it, then put most of the fat, and kickbacks in the second part and vote against it, so the Demagogues cannot say they voted against Sandy relief, it is a tangled web, but so it is in the era of hyper-partisian politics.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    What makes me mad is why isn't this just a bill for the victims of Sandy? Why all the pork? I blame all of Congress. There is a huge amount of money added for Hollywood so they will make movies in the US instead of Canada? Huh? What does that have to do with those suffering from Sandy? There is money for electric scooters and all the other things already mentioned. Congress always loads up these bills with a bunch of pork to keep the people in their home state happy and I think they are all pathetic. Just this once they could have made a bill just for victims who desperately need help right now.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sassy, you are right, it is both sides and made worse by the division created on the Republican side by the Tea Party. Their own party is divided. There is fat in every bill, always has been and that is something that needs to be fixed. But in the meantime, people need help and they've already waited for over two months, unlike victims of other storms. As I have said, everyone needs to watch CSPAN and see how these fools behave. It is insanity at its best.

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Yes but where is the anger for those who added the pork? Especially right now when we need to be cutting spending, not inflating it. That is why the House vote was delayed you see. Yes, they should have at least voted on the $20 billion to go directly to Sandy victims. However, no pork should have been added to inflate the request to $60 billion in the first place. Otherwise, it would have passed weeks ago. Like I said, it is both sides and they need to stop acting like children.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    jayman6018 - thanks for your comment but that's why we live in a democracy. We are entitled to our opinion and although I agree there was a lot of fat in the bill, I care more about the people in the east who need help and are not getting it the way other states did under the same circumstances. If your "low information voter" remark was intended to insult me, it missed. I pride myself on being an informed voter. :-)

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    jayman6018 4 years ago from Los Angeles / Beijing

    The real selfishness and duplicity comes from those who insist this bill was to help Sandy victims, in reality it was a special interest money fest.

    It was pure exploitation of the Sandy victims and it should have been labeled as such, that's where the anger should be directed.

    The estimate of insured losses from Sandy comes in around $20 billion—but the total aid package proposed is three times that amount.

    The bill includes funding of $100 million for Head Start outside the Sandy area.

    $17 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, an embarrassingly transparent slush fund.

    Some of the other beneficiaries of this pork fattened bill would have been Goldman Sachs, and BOFA. Also kickbacks were included to get some Red State politicians on board.

    Democrats also fattened the legislation to include not just areas affected by Sandy, but also to provide money for storm events that occurred in 2012 along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast within the boundaries of the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley to include areas affected by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac.

    This exploitation of the victims of Sandy, and embarrassing. We should not be too shocked or take it too seriously when 400 lb man (Christie) screams for his pork.

    When I read articles like this it reminds me of how stone cold, selfish politicians like Obama win elections.

    Low Information Voters.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH, thank you. I think most of the country saw the reality this time. I just hope more and more people take a stand for the people that are suffering.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, it will be seen. I've tweeted it and Google+'d it but I'll also check out the groups on FB.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    CJ Andrews, thanks for the visit. I agree ith you about funding going to Alaska but every other state received federal aid when they were torn apart by hurricanes except...the eastern States affected by Hurricane Sandy. This was pure politics, the good old boy game of "them" and "us" while people are still cold, hungry, and homeless.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks mckbirdbks!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi mecheshier! I really appreciate your comment and your visit. We have to speak out for those that are still suffering.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Mary! You and share the same degree of anger over this. It was pure politics at work in this session of Congress with deliberate insult to the eastern States. Thanks for standing with me on this one.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, you rant so good. lol I'd love to come to Canada but I have work to do here. Maybe I can't fix it but I won't shut up. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Brenda. Thanks for the visit. There are always two sides to the story but I spent hours watching CSPAN while they debated the fiscal cliff bill and then the aid to Sandy victims. I know what I saw and I saw Boehner duck out rather than stand in solidarity with those he had promised a vote. And, I saw the acting speaker rudely end the session in spite of the will of the members of Congress. I stand by my anger over the arrogance and deliberate insult to people that are hurting. There is fat in every bill but the people who are still cold and homeless should not pay for an inept and polarized Congress.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    First, excellent Hub! Thank you. Secondly Hurricane Sandy continues to be an American embarrassment Lastly, at least on FOX 910 radio, you are far from alone. If anything, you are far more, mannered.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Hey! Where'd my comment go? Linda i wrote a mile's worth of outrage - and - it's gone! I said that if you hadn't written this - i would have - altho probably not as an open letter! Now..where can we get that letter SEEN?

    Try posting it on this fb page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USelection2012/?re... it's a political page with close to 10,000 member..also, search for government groups on fb - there are plenty..i can help if you want - i've posted plenty to them...

    up and shared..(again????) googling it as well..

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    Chris Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

    What I am shocked by is that people don't seem to understand where the money is being distributed. I think that relief aid is needed but why is the Alaskan Fishing Industry getting $150million, $58 million to plant trees on private property (not touched by the Hurricane), $2 million to fix roof of Smithsonian, and roughly 85% of the aid wouldn't be available until 2014.

    So why the hurry to pass something that won't happen for a year?

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    mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    you are receiving a standing ovation from CA

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    mecheshier 4 years ago

    Wow, I cannot believe that this happened... well, sort of. But it was so unnecessary.

    Thank you for such a fabulous Hub!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Can you hear me clapping? I totally agree with your every word! How ludicrous and now the final insult, no money to New Jersey? Have I somehow been transported to the Twilight Zone where no politician cares about his constituents or anyone else in the country? Have we returned to 1760 where the people are ruled without representation? If we do not help our own who should we help? Boehner should be ridden out of town on a rail....after being tarred and feathered. Sorry about the rant but this whole thing has my blood boiling!!!!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Hon - if you didn't write this - i was gonna - and you know it! omfg - this guy looks like the devil himself - with botox! He shut that session down hoping to make the obama admin look bad - not expecting his own party to rise up against him. He should be FIRED - they all should..

    Check out my fb page to see how i really feel..lol..

    it's incredible to watch - mindboggling - and yet - complacency reigns supreme - people just...TAKE IT...it' blows my mind...

    You got trouble over there, my friend - big fat doo doo comin down the pipe...

    Wana come to canada..LOL..

    AWESOME HUB!

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    Brenda Durham 4 years ago

    There may be more to this story about why the House Republicans aren't rushing to put this bill through than you know. Just sayin'.

    I was gonna post a link that tells how the bill is filled with pork, but for some reason this site says the link is prohibited. Anyway, you could google some of this controversy and maybe you wouldn't judge Boehner so quickly........

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    I can't argue with that Sassysue. :-)

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Well just to stir the pot a bit....the President, in this time of such need, decided that our hard working Congressmen, all Federal workers, and himself deserved a raise! Which he issued an Executive Order to accomplish!

    I know we all feel real good about that too!!!

    Bottom line, our politicians make too much money and get way too many perks. I know exactly where to begin to make some cuts.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    It used to be that way, Linda, but not anymore!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauana, again, we will have to disagree. :-) Although I agree that we have to become more socially responsible, this country was founded on the principle of an honest government and we also have a responsibility to be involved in the political process and hold them accountable. In my little old opinion. We vote,we pay, we have to be heard. :-)

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, this is an awesome letter, but it is for naught. Obama has his thumb on America and all those whose job it is to speak for us. It's a lost cause. We, the citizens, need to take our country back. It can begin with H.O.W. How we can affect goverment decision on greater issues, I don't know, but our current regime is NOT for the people.

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    SassySue1963 I have to agree with you. This is not one sided. Both side are being full of cr-p. They need to cut it out. They need to start working, not just sitting on their butts.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi pickles! I hope it comes full circle. Sometimes I think we just leave to much to chance but, like sunshine said, I do believe in karma. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, you know I agree but no matter how tired we are, we have a responsibility to hold them accountable. I wrote letters to every representative in my state on New Year's Eve, asking that they support the bill that would prevent falling off the fiscal cliff and, to provide the funds for the victim of Hurricane Sandy. I did not get a single response back. Not even an auto reply message. That's the catalyst for this hub, a desperate hope that cyberspace will deliver the message that their aids will simply ignore. It's the activist in me that will never die but we have to be heard even if we have to scream from the rooftop.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    great hub. This Congress has become so dysfunctional, it is impossible to get the simplest of things done, let alone the really important ones such as storm relief. What goes around, comes around....on that we can depend.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    The atrocities just keep coming, like the oldies but goodies on the radio station...except there is nothing good about this bullshit. Here is the frightening part of it all....we the people voted for these idiots. Go out on the street and you will meet some of them...the good-meaning folks who don't have a brain in their head. They listen to the rhetoric and believe it, and then can't believe it when they are abandoned in their time of need.

    I am so tired of politics....so tired!

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Actually they are voting Friday I believe on $27 billion. Just not the $60 billion.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jim, I absolutely agree with you. I'm black and white when it comes to promises. He made a promise and he didn't have the backbone to be present and answer to his colleagues. He demonstrated a cowardly character undeserving of his position. We need champions in Washington, not cowards. :-)

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    I wholly endorse your open letter Linda. Seems to me the GOP was doing the "lying" and betraying. The House is where appropriations are constitutionally supposed to start and they have been frozen in place it seems. The Speaker deserves to be ousted and I hope he is.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sasysue, I agree that there is plenty of blame to go around but there is no excuse for what happened last night. Boehner bailed instead of making the motion to vote on the bill. Then, the acting speaker called for a vote to adjourn and the majority clearly voted Nay. He adjourned anyway. Then, Boehner avoided phone calls so that he would not have to answer for his actions. It was wrong. The people in the East could be getting help in a few days and now it seems the vote won't happen until the 113th Congress convenes on or around the 15th, making it almost 3 months without federal aid. Shame, shame, shame. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Michele, a rock would be a better choice.

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Alright, so, first off, I agree there should have been a vote. However, let's not be one-sided here. They've been wrangling this thing out for months now. The Senate wanted $60 billion, the House wanted $30 billion. They were supposed to be off set (much like the just passed fiscal cliff bill) with some spending cuts. That didn't happen. Pretty much the GOP has been lied to, betrayed and played the fool. The Senate passes whatever they want (already knowing it does not contain anything that will pass the House) then they want to blame the GOP. Both sides need to cut the crap.

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    He will be running for Gov. of Ohio again pretty soon. I would rather vote for a rock.

    Voted up.

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Don't stress, think Karma :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Linda, this was so wrong and the video makes it so obvious. I was so angry last night watching it live that I thought I was going to have a stroke. lol

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    You tell him Linda! I hope the Bone-head heard you loud and clear. I bet you made him cry too, he sheds those tears so easily. He always was and will always be a major disappointment.